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The Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes

Our backyard Our two days in the Finger Lakes were relaxing and mellow compared to our fast pace adventuring. It was so nice to have a …

 

Up, up and Away!

Up, up and Away!

Today was one of another one of those magical days. Due to weather conditions, we had rescheduled Drews hot air balloon ride for this morning. …

 

Singing in the Streets

Singing in the Streets

We were so thrilled to have Mike join us on Friday! We had such a relaxing day for New York City: Old Swedish marionette …

 

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

I have always wanted to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Thankfully, I have a sister in law that is an incredible …

 

New York, New York

New York, New York

The view from the Westin Grand CentralBiking the Brooklyn BridgeMidtown from BrooklynPlaying with the localsFederal Hallthe Bible Washington was sworn in withWe ran into the …

 

Valley Forge

Valley Forge

Washington’s QuartersWe couldn’t get enough of the raspberries that grew throughout the parkThe field where they drilledThe Beautiful Chapel dedicated to the founders and their …

 

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

The Powerful CycloramaLearning How to Fire a CannonRunning Through the BattlefieldsReciting the Gettysburg AddressThe Peaceful CemeteryLuke’s Favorite Statue of Robert E LeePickett’s charge Our plan was …

 

Philly

Philly

We loved the Valley Forge Ward and we especially loved that the Fergusons joining us there for church.  We loved free Sundays at the Philadelphia Art …

 

Priesthood Restoration Site

Priesthood Restoration Site

One of my favorite places to visit is the Priesthood Restoration Site in Harmony, Pennsylvania.  In this humble location 2/3 of the Book of Mormon was …

 

Palmyra

Palmyra

Sacred GroveLily ready with her nature journal!The Smith FarmThe Frame HouseAdmiring the gardenDrew and Lily found a bird’s nest in the rafters of the barnThe …

 

The 4th in Niagara

The 4th in Niagara

We started the fourth on the American side of Niagara Falls with thousands of fellow US citizens celebrating our country’s independence. And then, although …

 

Antietam

Antietam

Antietam was quite a contrast to Appomattox. The feeling was completely different. Regardless of the amazing visitor center, the organized auto tour of the battlefield, …

 

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

We have driven thousands of miles in two short weeks and have been moving at quite a clip. It was time to slow down and …

 

Peace

Peace

The civil war is a dark spot in our nations history. Bloodshed, carnage, brutality, starvation, lives destroyed, homes burned, lifestyles destroyed, brother pitted against brother …

 

Congaree

Congaree

20/61- Before I came to Congaree I thought it was a swamp. In coming to the park I was corrected- Congaree is a Floodplain forest- …

 

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

Initially we had scoffed when we heard that the Great Smokies were the most visited National Park. After spending two days there we changed our …

 

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave

18/61- At 412 discovered miles and counting, Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world. We arrived in the early evening when the cave …

 

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

17/61- Shiny, steel and shimmering at 650 ft the Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made structure in the US.  It is a feat of monumental proportions and …

 

Missouri

Missouri

Missouri Church History-Six summers ago I embarked on a church history tour with the kids. Somehow, we convinced the Richardson’s to join us for the …

 

Great Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes

16/61- It was such a gorgeous drive through South Fork Colorado to reach Great Sand Dunes National Park. As we approached, it was almost as …